Penny J Kendall, ACC | Christian Life & Leadership Coach » Empowering Women to Live Life ON MISSION

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HAPPY FRESH START in 2016! I don’t know about you but I’m excited for a fresh start in 2016. I don’t always do life as well as I’d like, so I sure am thankful for those opportunities to re-group and begin again. I’m ready to jump into 2016 with both feet and to keep journeying on to becoming the me I was meant […]

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It’s been a decade since my 21-year-old son took his first step into Paradise and I still miss him every day. The pain is not as raw as it once was but there will always be an empty chair where he belongs; a place in our hearts that can never be filled. Every day is hard without him but the […]

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  • Rach D - January 2, 2016 - 5:43 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss…

    This Christmas was our first without our grandmother (that I was very close to as we shared a common faith in Christ) and it has been hard at moments. For me, I’m still at the point where I don’t even want to “go there” when the memories flood in..

    Thank you so much for sharing bravely from your heart. I love how practical the tips are.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - January 2, 2016 - 3:04 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss as well. The process of grieving is a personal one, so take your time and ‘go there’ when you are ready. God will slowly turn your tears to joy and you’ll be able to visit those memories easier as time goes on. Even then, tears will flow … and that is okay! Blessings on your journey. May you feel the warm embrace of comfort from the Father as you miss your special one. Blessings, PennyReplyCancel

  • Katie Cole - January 6, 2016 - 9:18 am

    Christmas was hard for me this year because I lost my mom in July. I miss her every day and have so many Christmas memories that include her. I’m thankful to have siblings who miss her as much and we share memories via texts, emails and FB posts. Most days I have to “grieve invisibly” because no one around me knew my mom, and my husband doesn’t see the need for special remembrances like you suggest above. God has become my “memory sharer” and gives me cool reminders of my mom and dad and others who are already in Heaven.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - January 8, 2016 - 8:49 pm

      Katie — I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. So many of us grieve invisibly. Isn’t it a blessing that we have a God who knows our heart and always allow us to share our memories with? Blessings on your journey, PennyReplyCancel

Have you ever had someone in your home that you couldn’t wait to invite again? Or had one that you said you’d never ask to come back? How do you think you’d be described? Which of these would you like to be? The scripture tells us over and over again that — the Lord is gracious and compassionate. Oh, how I […]

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  • Shann Eva - September 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

    This is such a great post. I always try to be a great guest, but it helps having these reminders. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:30 am

      Thank you, Shann. I am so glad these little helps were a blessing to you. PennyReplyCancel

We had moved from the big city to rural America where the starter homes were newly built and young families were flocking. Our little cul-de-sac of suburban life may have been like one depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting — if it weren’t for the intruders. Unfortunately our neighborhood was built in a downward slope and prone to flooding. […]

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  • Courtney Kendall Steed - September 11, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    Wise words! Thanks for this insight, and for images of snakes dropping out of ceilings :)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Steed - September 11, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    Wise words! Thanks for this insight, and for images of snakes dropping out of ceilings :)ReplyCancel

  • Penny Kendall - September 12, 2015 - 8:18 am

    Thank you all for your sweet encouragement and your great comments here and on Facebook. You are an awesome tribe!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Worrell - September 13, 2015 - 12:41 am

    I love your analogy. Thank you for your wisdom and the gentle reminder to guard our hearts with our Lords mighty armor.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:32 am

      Thank you, Lori, for your kind words. I’m so glad it was a blessing to you.ReplyCancel

  • When Grace Becomes Instinct | Grace & Such - September 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    […] of others. It is about responding to those who hurt differently than they deserve. Not forgiving opens up a space for Satan to squeeze in and take up residence. It grows a bitter root in our hearts that chokes out our […]ReplyCancel

Do you ever feel like things are a bit unsteady; like the earth is quaking under your feet and everything in you wants to run away in panic, even though there is nowhere to run? Do you ever feel like your heart will beat out of your chest — your breath quickening and your mind reeling? Do you ever feel […]

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  • Margaret Sloan - September 18, 2015 - 8:49 pm

    I so love this article ! My first instinct is always to run. I don’ t know why, but I’ve always panicked and ran, or just go deeper inside myself, and make myself totally unavailable. I have learned that if I just go to God and trust in him , yes he does put me on that solid rock, and he does make me feel strong and secure. I’m so thankful that he is my refuge in my time of fear. I’ve really learned to trust him more, and stand strong on that solid rock !!!ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:34 am

      Thank you, Margaret, for your kind words. So glad you were blessed and encouraged to keep seeking his refuge in time of fear. I’m standing with you!ReplyCancel